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Update on Ferret Chaser

We have not seen Michael (Ferret Chaser) for quite some time here, though some forum members, including me, attending his Barefoot Wedding to Linda aboard her 50-foot house boat. The wedding took place in the lower reaches of the Bohemia River a few years ago, after which, they slowly made their way south, with Michael running his sailboat and Linda running the houseboat. It took quite a while because one of the houseboat engines died and the boat does not perform well on a single engine.

It took them about 3 months before they settled in at Hilton Head, SC, where Michael took a job as a marine mechanic, while Linda went to work as a receptionist in a doctors office. After a couple hurricanes, the sailboat getting slammed by lightning, and some harrowing times living aboard, they decided to become landlubbers and purchased just over 33 acres in the Tennessee mountains. The land is all woodland, lots of huge trees, and Michael is in the process of clearing about 5 acres to build a home upon.

The sailboat was sold at bottom basement price, and the houseboat was placed upon a huge, flatbed trailer and shipped to Tennessee where they than had it leveled up, a gas line installed, electricity run to the land, and moved aboard. Michael, who is a creative genius to say the very least, will be felling the trees from his land, then using a portable sawmill, cut them into building lumber and construct the home himself. He anticipates the project will take about 3 years or a little less.

Ironically, his marine mechanic skills are still in very high demand, therefore, he will drive to Hilton Head and spend a week or two there every month plying his trade. Micheal is an incredible mechanic and can manufacture boat parts that are no longer available using his milling machine, lathe and drill press.

Here's the view Michael and Linda have from their houseboat now. WOW!

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We have not seen Michael (Ferret Chaser) for quite some time here, though some forum members, including me, attending his Barefoot Wedding to Linda aboard her 50-foot house boat. The wedding took place in the lower reaches of the Bohemia River a few years ago, after which, they slowly made their way south, with Michael running his sailboat and Linda running the houseboat. It took quite a while because one of the houseboat engines died and the boat does not perform well on a single engine.

It took them about 3 months before they settled in at Hilton Head, SC, where Michael took a job as a marine mechanic, while Linda went to work as a receptionist in a doctors office. After a couple hurricanes, the sailboat getting slammed by lightning, and some harrowing times living aboard, they decided to become landlubbers and purchased just over 33 acres in the Tennessee mountains. The land is all woodland, lots of huge trees, and Michael is in the process of clearing about 5 acres to build a home upon.

The sailboat was sold at bottom basement price, and the houseboat was placed upon a huge, flatbed trailer and shipped to Tennessee where they than had it leveled up, a gas line installed, electricity run to the land, and moved aboard. Michael, who is a creative genius to say the very least, will be felling the trees from his land, then using a portable sawmill, cut them into building lumber and construct the home himself. He anticipates the project will take about 3 years or a little less.

Ironically, his marine mechanic skills are still in very high demand, therefore, he will drive to Hilton Head and spend a week or two there every month plying his trade. Micheal is an incredible mechanic and can manufacture boat parts that are no longer available using his milling machine, lathe and drill press.

Here's the view Michael and Linda have from their houseboat now. WOW!

Gary
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Re: Update on Ferret Chaser

Nice post, thanks.
And how are you doing, Gary?

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Capta, The lung condition continues to deteriorate, which I anticipated, but to date, I am still able to get along with supplemental 02 flowing at 3 liters per minute and medications.

Three weeks ago, I had a minor stroke at the breakfast table, spent one day in the hospital, and was informed that my left carotid artery is totally plugged and my right carotid artery is 40 percent plugged. Now I'm on blood thinners, Plavics, for life, along with all the other damned drugs. Thank goodness they are covered by the VA, which has had some dramatic changes since Trump took office. Instead of waiting 6 months for an appointment, I now get to see the doc within a week at most, and sometimes, the same day. Incredible.

My sailing days, obviously, are over, and the boat was sold a few months ago for a fraction of it's worth. Every time I look at the picture my wife painted of the boat hanging in the wall, I almost break down a cry - so sad to think my baby is now in someone else's hands. My only hope is that he is taking good care of Saturday's Child.

With any kind of luck, I hope to go fishing in the lower reaches of the Susquehanna River this coming spring and catch some blue catfish and northern snake heads. Both are superb tasting and have a bounty on their heads because they are invasive species. I'll do my best to thin their ranks.

Thanks for being here, everyone,

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Hang In there Gary.
Your positive attitude has sustained you

Maybe we can meet up this month and share a cup of coffee since I’m still incapacitated.

Let me know


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Good to hear from you Gary.

How do you do 3 liters of O2 per minute? You must be changing bottles like I change girlfriends!

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I have a battery powered oxygen generator that will go up to 5 liters per minute on demand mode. I have another that plugs into the wall at home that will put out up to 7 liters per minute constant flow.

Chef, with any kind of luck, I'll be able to make it down to Parkville and meet up with you, maybe at the Emerald Tavern, where we can both toss a brew. Just got to get a little better, though. I just went up to the kitchen to get some lemonade and damned near passed out because I wasn't on supplemental 02 for 3 minutes.

Gettin old ain't fer wimps and sissies,

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Hey Gary my knee is improving and I can meet you up where you Live. Would be great seeing you.😃😃🌪🦅


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I'll get back with you in the next few weeks. Lots of doctor stuff between now and then.

Keep in touch,

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